The Master of International Law and Diplomacy is your pathway to professional advancement, equipping you with specialised knowledge and skills to effectively represent your country or organisation at an international level.

    This highly valuable qualification deepens your understanding of the way diplomacy and law operate in, and interact with, the modern world. It equips you with legal and diplomatic skills and knowledge for the 21st century job market. The degree also provides exciting study and career options in the prestigious arenas of diplomatic and international legal practice.

    You will be taught by internationally recognised research scholars from the ANU College of Law and the Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy, as well as senior diplomatic and international legal practitioners from Australia and elsewhere. You will graduate from a world-class university, positioning you firmly in the centre of a global network of leading diplomatic and international legal scholars and policy-makers.


    Graduates of the Master of International Law and Diplomacy may work within foreign ministries, as academics, senior staff in the United Nations, World Bank, International Monetary Fund and transnational corporations.

    Learning Outcomes

    1. Demonstrate in-depth knowledge of diplomacy and international law and its contemporary challenges, from the perspective of multiple actors, including states, civil service departments, intergovernmental organisations, non-government organisations and multinational corporations;
    2. Display effective diplomatic and international legal research and writing skills to address complex diplomatic and legal challenges with an international or transnational dimension;
    3. Display effective diplomatic and international legal advocacy skills, with the ability to engage with transnational issues to solve or avoid problems with the use of negotiation, persuasion, advocacy and appropriate practices;
    4. Research and apply theories of diplomacy and international law to reflect upon the global management of the world’s problems through diplomatic dialogue, the role of the use of force, and design multi-stakeholder processes that lead to solutions;
    5. Use high-level research and writing skills to undertake self-directed study and communicate findings in academic and practical contexts, justifying their approach and methods as appropriate;
    6. Use their knowledge and skills to analyse new areas of concern in both scholarly and policy-relevant terms.



    At a minimum, all applicants must meet program-specific academic/non-academic requirements, and English language requirements. Admission to most ANU programs is on a competitive basis. Therefore, meeting all admission requirements does not automatically guarantee entry. 

    • Applicants must present a Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 5/7
    • Or a Bachelor degree at pass mark, GPA 4/7 or international equivalent with a minimum of two years of relevant work experience. Relevant work experience would include a position held over at least two years that required a sound understanding of the practice or theory of international law and / or diplomacy.

    Cognate Disciplines: Political science and policy studies, studies in human society, human welfare studies and services, behavioural science, law, justice and law enforcement, language and literature, philosophy and religious studies, economics and econometrics, criminology, family and consumer studies, society and culture, public policy, public administration and management and commerce.

    • TOEFL: Paper-based score: 570 (min. 4.5 in TWE). Internet-based score: 80 (min. 20 reading and writing, 18 in speaking and listening
    • IELTS Academic:  6.5 overall (min. 6.0 in each subtest)
    • PTE Academic: 64 overall (min. 55 in each of the communicative skills)
    • Cambridge CAE: 176 overall (min.169 in each subtest)



    The Australian National University

    Acton Campus,


    Australian Capital Territory,

    2601, CANBERRA, Australia

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